The Austin Film Festival will honor Emmy and Golden Globe-winning television writer, producer and show runner Marta Kauffman as the 2016 Outstanding Television Writer.
Kauffman joins previously announced award recipients Paul Feig, who will receive the Extraordinary Contribution to Film honor, and Nancy Meyers, who will be honored as this year’s Distinguished Screenwriter.
You might remember Kauffman (and her creative partner David Crane) for co-creating or producing such series as “Dream On,” “Veronica’s Closet” and a super obscure show called “Friends.”
In 2015, Kauffman’s production company, Okay Goodnight, produced the Netflix comedy-drama “Grace and Frankie,” which debuted its second season May 6.
The Film Fest is also announcing their inaugural “Diversity Focus” program with the goal of bringing greater recognition to women and minorities in the industry by having them represented at the Conference.
“The Diversity Focus Program’s primary mission is to work with partners nationwide to help increase the number of women and minorities included in our Conference slate,” Conference Director Erin Halligan said “With women representing less than 15 percent of screenwriters in the film and television industries, and minorities even less so, we are hoping to present a program that counters these standards. In addition, we will offer a number of panels that directly address diversity in the industry, the current landscape and trends, and tools for aspiring screenwriters to use when navigating the art and craft of the business.”
The festival takes place Oct. 13-16. Kauffman, Feig and Meyers will be recognized at the 2016 awards luncheon Oct. 15 at the Austin Club and will also participate in festival and conference programming.
To see award recipient bios and the full list of confirmed panelists and programming, visit austinfilmfestival.com.